by Ron Gammill.....
Many of you who grew up in Louisville during the early sixties will likely remember the name -
Bonzy and his sons were not only excellent musicians, but were very generous in many respects. For example, I don't remember doing a lot of dancing at those events because I was far too busy trying to figure out how that lead guitar player was playing those chords and moving up and down the guitar neck with such ease. I can still see Bonzy's smile as
Fast forward to Louisville's 2019 Red Hills Festival. I had an unexpected reunion with three of Bonzy's daughters (left to right), Tawona Hickman, Annette Jernigan and Linda Miller. Tawona is the youngest of the Darden
Today, when the Darden Sisters perform, Annette and Linda provide "back ground vocals" for sister Lee who sings at churches, weddings, funerals, and concerts around Louisville and the surrounding area on a regular basis. Most recently, the Darden Sisters performed at the Louisville Nursing Home in June.
Linda remarked, "when Ron asked us to sing at the Legion Park Music Festival we decided to "polish up" our singing to honor and represent our Dad, with some Gospel Music."
Now the musical reach of Bonzy Darden does not stop here. The Darden
Reminiscing, Linda remarked, "We were all probably running around the house when Ron Gammill and his friends were visiting in our home with Dad and my brothers. Our oldest sister Shirley, who now lives in Indiana, was also part of the 4-D's 'back in the day'." Bonzy had six daughters and six sons. Some were a part of the 4-D's and some weren't. The one thing for sure, the house was always full of music.
Be sure to come out and hear The Darden Sisters with Jeremy Jernigan Saturday morning at the CCC Lodge at the Legion State Park Music Festival.